The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!

Growing up in the 60’s, every time I heard a plane fly over, I cowered. Had the Russians finally crossed into our skies? My paranoia soared. Was this the first time I’d heard some fake news. “The Russians are Coming! ” is a phrase from 1949 attributed to United States Secretary of Defense James Forrestal who added,…

Mexican Soil: My Agave Roots

Ah, the writer’s life. The morning after the launch of my new book Curse of the Ninth, it’s back to the real world of rejection. Perhaps, the world isn’t ready for my next book Agaves Blues. Is it the voice, the writing, the characters? Is it just not resonating with agents and the New YorkContinue reading “Mexican Soil: My Agave Roots”

Official Launch for Curse of the Ninth

Not to be eclipsed by American Dirt, today is the official launch day for Curse of the Ninth (a Los Angeles Dirt story). In the music world, there is a superstition, Curse of the Ninth, whereby a composer who produces a ninth symphony has reached a decisive landmark – to embark on the tenth is aContinue reading “Official Launch for Curse of the Ninth”

Will "American Dirt" Crumble into a "Million Little Pieces"?

What about Bolton’s Memoir – will it ever see the light of day? The fate of his book is in the hands of the White House.  Whatever happens to these books, there certainly has been a lot of buzz surrounding their release. What about the biggest PR myth of all? “There’s no such thing asContinue reading “Will "American Dirt" Crumble into a "Million Little Pieces"?”

LOVE TRIANGLE, A CONTEST OF WILLS

Oh what a tangled web! This is the first in a series of newspaper articles that spread like wildfire across the country from San Bernardino to Boston between the period October, 1930 to April, 1934. These articles are what helped me shape the story Curse of the Ninth available now for presale.             “First wife assertsContinue reading “LOVE TRIANGLE, A CONTEST OF WILLS”

EXPECTING

GLENDALE, CA, 1930 – After thirteen years of wedded bliss, shortly before his demise and the birth of Charley, Doc and Phoebe pose for the camera in front of the home he built for her. Curse of the Ninth

Phoebe Mae

Did this sweet Phoebe Mae belong to “a fantastical religious cult, one of the causes of Doc’s infatuation” with her, as his ex-wife would later testify in court? Would his life be forever cursed the moment he first heard the young piano teacher play? Curse of the Ninth

EXTRA, EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Did He Fall or Was He Pushed?

Excerpt from Curse of the Ninth: GLENDALE, September, 1930: The year after the fall of Wall Street – The Stock Market Crash 1929. “Dr. Belyea, who attended me, stated my ‘skull was fractured, three vertebrae were broken and the fall had cut a bad gash in the victim’s scalp.’”  “Well, I certainly was the victim,Continue reading “EXTRA, EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Did He Fall or Was He Pushed?”

Holiday Guests or As 2019 Swirls Down the Drain

My New Years’ Resolution is to get a second bathroom before the next holiday season!   Sneaking in a moment for ourselves, What could be more metaphorical Than the overflowed tub Or the near-severed thumb? Bath water cascades over the rim Blood dances onto the new parquet To fraternize with the warm water Oozing underContinue reading “Holiday Guests or As 2019 Swirls Down the Drain”

CURSE OF THE NINTH

My book cover is here! My book cover is here! After all these years, my book can finally sing out loud! I have nothing but songs of praise for the staff over at #WiDo Publishing, a home for my book and a place that’s made me feel like family. More details to come.